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October 3, 2010
• Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 22795
A. Gilardino 58'
J. Iličić 20'
J. Pastore 39'
90' + 4'
IT'S ALL OVER HERE IN FLORENCE! The referee blows his full-time whistle and Palermo secure a superb 2-1 away win. It could've all been so different if Adem Ljajic had converted a second half penalty to tie the scores at 2-2, but the young Serbian's kick was saved and captain Montolivo was later sent off in a hugely disappointing afternoon for la Viola. The pressure now starts to build again on Fiorentina head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who sees his team stay rooted to the lower reaches of the Serie A table. Goodbye from me, but remember to saty with us here on goal.com for all the best match reaction.
90' + 2'
Not with the crossing like that, though. Santana found space down the left but sent his cross sailing behind for a goal kick.
90' + 1'
We come to the end of the first of four injury time minutes, Can the home side make it 2-2?
Pastore is replaced by Massimo Maccarone as Palermo make their third and final substitution. The Argentinian playmaker had a decent match and was very impressive in fits and bursts.
The Artemio Franchi crowd howls in derision as their team allows Palermo to pass the ball about with absolute ease.
Palermo are allowing Fiorentina to have the ball in unthreatening positions and look to dispossess them and strike with lightning counter attacks. The fact la Viola have only 10 men but need to push on for an equaliser means they look susceptible to going further behind.
Ilicic is replaced by Kasami and receives a warm round of applause from the small travelling band of away supporters in recognition of his stunning opening goal and fine all round performance. He responds in kind.
Ljajic has never recovered from his missed penalty and has allowed his head to drop. He is easily dispossessed by Migliaccio deep inside the Palermo half.
Gamberini demonstrates his class with some calm defending to take the ball from Pastore.
Mihajlovic makes another change, replacing Cerci with Argentinian Mario Bolatti.
Donadel is perfectly postioned to clear a Munoz headeroff the line as Palermo begin to turn the screw on their 10 man opponents.
RED CARD! Fiorentina captain Montolivo is shown a straight red for a cyncial last man foul on Cesare Bovo, who was through one-on-one with Frey in a clear goalscoring opportunity.
Red Card Riccardo Montolivo
AMAZING! SIMPLY AMAZING! Sirigu denies Ljajic with another sublime stop. This time the 23-year-old springs to his right to touch Ljajic's close range strike onto the post. This boy is in sensational form.
SUPER SAVE! Sirigu flies to his right to tip Gilardino's glancing header around the post for a corner. It is no wonder that Palermo's Sardinian goalkeeper is tipped to be the next Italian number one.
Palermo make a change. Abel Hernandez replaces Chilean Pinilla.
Yellow Card Adem Ljajic
Missed Penalty Adem Ljajic
HE'S MISSED IT! The young Serbian's spot-klick is weak and too central and Sirigu dives to his right and makes an easy save. Ljajic is devsatated and stands with his hands on his head for an eternity.
PENALTY! Balzaretti is cautioned for foul in the box and Ljajic will take the spot-kick.
Yellow Card Federico Balzaretti
Frey makes another fine save to deny Ilicic this time. The Slovernian's curling effort is pushed to safety by the French goalkeeper.
Palermo are temporarily down to 10 men as midfielder Migliaccio leaves the field clutching his wrist. It looks as if he may not retrun to the fray.
SO CLOSE! Palermo almost immediately regain their two-goal lead when Pastore bursts into the box and fires a low shot at goal. Frey makes a superb save and Pasqual gets back to hook the ball to safety.
Assist Mario Santana
Goal Alberto Gilardino
GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! What an inspired substitution. Santana dances down the left-hand side and uses some impressive stepovers and trickery to ghose past a couple of challenges before firing a low cross towards the near post. And in a piece of textbook strike play, Gilardino darts to the front post and flicks the ball into the net to make it 2-1. Game on!
Mihajlovic makes an early change as Mario Santana replaces Marchionni for Fiorentina.
Donadel darts to the near post to meet a teasing out swinging corner, but the defensive midfielder gets too much power on his header and the ball flies high over the crossbar.
Fiorentina have made a bright start to the second half. Marchionni powers to the touchline and fires over a cross but there are no takers and the ball drifts beyond everyone and runs to safety.
Gilardino holds the ball up and lays-off to Ljajic, who tries to curl a low effort into the bottom corner but Sirigu dives to his right and smother the ball.
Cerci makes a positive contribution in the first minute of the half as he drives down the right towards the by line, but he is matched all the way by Balzaretti, who halts the wide-mans run with a slide tackle and earns his team a goal-kick in the process.
The teams re-emerge and the second half kicks-off!
45' + 2'
The referee blows the half-time whistle and Palermo hold a well deserved 2-0 lead at the break. Fiorentina, have, quite simply, been absolutely dreadful. Mihajlovic will have his work cut out for him at half-time. His team talk will have to be truly inspirational if his side are to take anything from this match. Join us at 16.00 CET to find out if la Viola can stage an unlikley comeback.
Although Palermo are happy to retain possession in their own half they are also working extremely hard to close down Fiorentina whenever they have the ball. This hard work is paying dividends as la Viola continue to struggle to find a way through.
Goalscorer Ilicic shows a delightful piece of skill in the centre circle and wins a foul from Donadel. The Slovenian midfielder has been outstanding in the first half.
Lorenzo De Silvestri
Palermo have little need to force play now and continue to hold possession deep in their own half.
Palermo are frustrating the home fans by passing the ball around their defence in an unhurried and calm manner. The ArtemioFranchi crowd howl in derision and urge their team to stop the opposition from humiliating them.
Assist Armin Bačinovič
Goal Javier Pastore
2-0! GOAL! A classic counter attack sees Palermo double their lead as Pastore races through one-on-one and rounds Frey with ease before rolling the ball into an empty net. Palermo deserve their two goal lead, while the home side are struggling badly.
Palermo are flying and are start to rain in crosses from either side as full-backs Balzaretti and Cassani both make strong runs and whip searching crosses over, but Gamberini holds strong and heads to safety on both occasions.
Pastore makes a great run down the left and wins a corner, but the resultant flag-kick is cleared to safety.
Sinisa Mihajlovic eased the pressure on himself with a 2-0 win over Parma last week, but the Fiorentina coach is extremely animated down on the touchline as his side continue to struggle against Palermo here.
Pasqual crosses from the left but there are no takers and the ball is cleared to safety.
There are several other Serie A fixtures taking place at the moment but all others are currently goalless. It looks like the Artemio Franchi is the place to be this afternoon. Unless, of course, you are a Viola fan.
Pastore almost doubles the lead just 60 seconds later with a curling effort which goes close to finishing up in the top corner.
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLL! Palermo take the lead! Ilicic comes in off the right-hand side and sends an unstoppable strike arrowing into the top left-hand corner from 30 yards to give his side a much deserved lead. An absolutely fantastic goal.
Assist M. Pinilla
Goal Josip Iličič
The Palermo midfield are stroking the ball about in the middle of the pitch, looking for a chink in the Fiorentina armour. Pastore is at the heart of everything and tries an inventive pass over the top but Gamberini reads the danger and heads to safety.
GOOD SAVE! Marchionni strides on to Ljajic's neat lay off and fires a powerful shot towards goal, but Sirigu is equal to the effort and beats the ball away to safety with a double-handed block.
Superb defending. Gamberini uses all his strength and experience to ease Pinilla off the ball after the diminutive Chilean scampered on to Pastore's clever ball over the top.
Fiorentina have a freekick 35 yards from goal. Ljajic lays the ball into Montolivo's path but the Italy international's low strike is wayward and finishes well wide of the upright.
Alessio Cerci skips past Nocerino on the right and drives in towards goal but Sirigu drops to his right and uses his legs to make an unorthodox, but effective, save to deny the Fiorentina wide-man from opening the scoring.
OH! SO CLOSE! Josip Ilicic unleashes a ferocious strike from 25-yards which crashes off the underside of the crossbar and bounces out to safety. A huge left off for la Viola. Palermo are beginning to stamp their authority on this match.
Antonio Nocerino glides past a couple of challenges on the edge of the box and unsleashes a low drive, but the effort is poor and the ball trundles wide of Sebastien Frey's right-hand post.
It has been a very scarppy start here at the Artemio Franchi, with both sides battling for possession in the midfield.
Team lines: Fiorentina (4-2-3-1): Frey; De Silvestri, Kroldrup, Gamberini, Pasqual; Donadel, Montolivo; Cerci, Ljajic, Marchionni; Gilardino. Palermo: (4-3-3): Sirigu; Cassani, Munoz, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Bacinovic, Nocerino; Ilicic, Pinilla, Pastore.
Hello and welcome to today's coverage from the Artemio Franchi, where Fiorentina will be looking to build on last weekend's 2-0 win over Parma with another home victory over today's opponents, Palermo. Both sides currently sit close to the bottom of the Serie A table and will be looking for a positive result today to get their seasons back on track. We are five minutes from kick-off, so stay with us here on goal.com for all the action as it happens.
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